Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC release time countdown and how to preload

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Finally, after a relatively long time of waiting, the Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC is on the cusp of coming out. The base game is a wonderful experience as arguably FromSoftware’s magnum opus, and the upcoming expansion is said to be just as good. Here you will find the Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC release date and time countdown along with how to preload before it comes out.

In our review, we bestowed the DLC with a perfect 10/10. FromSoftware never disappoint, and the expansion is another special experience for fans of the developer. Ahead of the expansion’s launch, FromSoftware has shared that you need to have felled Mohg and Radahn to start the DLC, and Elden Ring has overtaken Cyberpunk 2077 in regard to total units sold worldwide.

Provided you have defeated Mohg and Radahn, you will be able to start the Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC soon. The release date and time countdown is nearly over, and some players can preload in advance to play as soon as possible.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC release date

The release date for Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC is June 20th or June 21st depending on your time zone and whether you play on console or PC.

Ahead of the expansion’s launch, Miyazaki has admitted that FromSoftware went too far with poisonous swamps in the base game, but the DLC has a much better approach. In addition, although we all laud Elden Ring with endless praise, Miyazaki has said that it’s “not quite” his ideal RPG, and that FromSoftware has other plans for the future.

When does Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC come out?

The release time for when Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC will come out is 3PM PT/6PM ET/11PM BST on June 20th. All of these launch hours apply to PC.

As for PS5 and Xbox consoles, the launch time is 9PM PT on June 20th, and 12AM ET/12AM BST on June 21st. This means PC players get to start hours earlier than users on console.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree DLC release time US

  • 3PM PT on Thursday, June 20th (PC)
  • 9PM PT on Thursday, June 20th (PS5 and Xbox)
  • 6PM ET on Thursday, June 20th (PC)
  • 12AM ET on Friday, June 21st (PS5 and Xbox)

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree release time UK

  • 11PM BST on Thursday, June 20th (PC)
  • 12AM BST on Friday, June 21st (PS5 and Xbox)
elden ring release time map - an image of the world where a game goes live
Elden Ring will go live worldwide. Image via FromSoft and Bandai Namco

Countdown

Below is a countdown to the release time on PlayStation and Xbox consoles:

How to preload

You can preload the expansion on PlayStation, but it is not possible to preload on either Xbox or PC. In order to preload on either PS4 or PS5, you must pre-order the expansion for £34.99 from the PSN store. This will allow you to download the game right now so you can play as soon as it unlocks.

The download size on PS4 and PS5 is 16.502GB, so it should be roughly the same on Xbox. As for PC, the minimum and recommended system requirements are listed on Steam as follows:

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: INTEL CORE I5-8400 or AMD RYZEN 3 3300X
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060 3 GB or AMD RADEON RX 580 4 GB
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 60 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Audio Device

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10/11
  • Processor: INTEL CORE I7-8700K or AMD RYZEN 5 3600X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1070 8 GB or AMD RADEON RX VEGA 56 8 GB
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 60 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Audio Device

Pre-order bonuses

In order to preload on PS4 or PS5, you must pre-order the DLC. Below are the pre-order bonuses:

  • ELDEN RING Shadow of the Erdtree Bonus Gesture

Before diving into the DLC, make sure to check out our guide for how to start the Shadow of Erdtree. If you haven’t beaten Mohg, we also have a guide for how to beat Mohg by finding its location and exploiting its weaknesses.

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Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

  • Release Date: June 21, 2024
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X
  • Genre(s): Action, RPG
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